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Motorola refreshes Android phones, offers better cameras

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:01am

Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung.

NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:01am

Federal safety investigators say the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early.

High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:50am

One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables.

US home prices rose 4.9 pct. in May, lifted by strong sales

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:10am

U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.

Greece advances in loan talks, under fire for euro exit plan

Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:41am

Greece pushed ahead with talks on a new rescue loan Tuesday, but its government came under increasing pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens' personal tax data.

Global markets stabilize; US indexes open higher on earnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:41am

U.S. stocks are opening higher after UPS, Ford and other big companies reported earnings gains and as markets in China and Europe stabilized.

Drugmaker Pfizer tops Street 2Q forecasts, raises forecast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 6:20am

Pfizer's second-quarter earnings fell 10 percent, as the largest U.S. drugmaker absorbed revenue hits from a stronger U.S. dollar and the loss of patent protection for some key products. But the maker of Viagra and the painkiller Celebrex topped expectations for the quarter and raised its 2015 forecast.

Reynolds American beats 2Q profit forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 6:10am

Reynolds American reported a surge in second-quarter profit with cigarette prices and volume rising.

Ford surprises in 2Q with record North American profit

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:50am

Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and the company was able to charge more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.

Malaysian PM axes deputy, attorney general amid fund scandal

Eileen NG, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:11am

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:01am

In the competition for the biggest spenders, casinos are known to pull out the stops with comped hotel rooms, meals and rebates for a percentage of their losses. But some dealers say efforts to satisfy and retain the players go much further, with casinos tolerating abuse and extending courtesies that test the integrity of the games. Shane Kaufmann, a vice president for a branch of the Transport Workers Union in Las Vegas that represents thousands of casino dealers, said rules are frequently ignored at high-stakes tables.

Grain higher, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:51am

Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Correction: San Francisco-Soda Warning story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:40am

In a story July 26 about a lawsuit against San Francisco by the American Beverage Association, The Associated Press reported erroneously where the city's health warning labels would be posted. The labels are to be placed on advertisements for certain sugary drinks, not on the beverages.

SBA loans to resume after Congress raises lending limit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:30am

Small businesses will soon be able to get loans approved again by the federal government.

Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:20am

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.

Dubai launches expansion of Mideast's biggest port

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:20am

The Middle East's biggest sea port is growing.

Short-term highway extension may be way out for Congress

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:11am

House Republicans are weighing a three-month highway funding extension that could offer Congress a way out of an impasse days ahead of a crucial deadline.

Kansas schools try to help students limit their debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:01am

Higher education schools in Salina have been working with students to improve their financial knowledge and manage their student debt.

SuperValu may spin off Save-A-Lot into separate company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:40am

SuperValu said Tuesday that it may spin off its discount grocer Save-A-Lot into a separate publicly traded company as competition in the industry intensifies.